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Chambers USA Names 50 "Leading Business Lawyers"

News / June 11, 2010

Baker Hostetler Recognized Among Leading Firms in 12 Practice Areas

CLEVELAND, OH – June 11, 2010 – Chambers USA has named 50 Baker Hostetler attorneys to the 2010 edition of its prestigious Chambers USA Guide: America's Leading Lawyers for Business. The ratings in this independent and objective directory are based on thousands of interviews with in-house and outside counsel across the country conducted by Chambers USA, a division of Chambers and Partners. The qualities on which rankings are assessed include technical legal ability, client service, commercial astuteness, diligence, value for money, prompt delivery and other qualities most valued by the client.

In addition to the attorneys selected, 13 Baker Hostetler practice areas were ranked by Chambers. For the eighth year in a row, Baker Hostetler's Employment and Labor Group received a top ranking in Ohio and has been rated among the leading practices in Florida for the sixth consecutive year. The firm's Ohio Corporate/M&A and Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation practices also received the top ranking for the first time in 2010. Additionally, the Colorado Labor & Employment, national Leisure & Hospitality, New York Corporate/M&A and Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations, Texas Real Estate and Washington, D.C., Tax practices were all ranked for the first time this year.

Full list of ranked practice areas:

  • Bankruptcy/Restructuring (Ohio)
  • Construction (Florida)
  • Corporate/M&A (Ohio & New York, which was given the designation of "Highly Regarded")
  • Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation (Ohio)
  • Healthcare (Texas)
  • Labor & Employment (Colorado, Florida & Ohio)
  • Leisure & Hospitality (Nationwide)
  • Litigation: General Commercial (Ohio)
  • Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations (New York) 
  • Natural Resources & Environment (Ohio)
  • Real Estate: General (Ohio)
  • Real Estate: Zoning/Land Use (Florida)
  • Tax (Washington, D.C.).

Baker Hostetler attorneys listed as leaders in their practice areas include:


  • Brian A. Bash (Ohio)   
  • Matthew R. Goldman (Ohio)
  • Marc E. Hirschfield (New York)
  • Joseph F. Hutchinson, Jr. (Ohio)
  • Sherri Lazear (Ohio)
  • Thomas M. Wearsch (Ohio)


  • Denis L. Durkin (Florida)
  • John W. Foster (Florida)

Corporate and M&A

  • John M. Gherlein (Ohio)
  • Suzanne Hanselman (Ohio)
  • R. Steven Kestner (Ohio)
  • Matthew R. Tenerowicz (Ohio)
  • Robert A. Weible (Ohio)

Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation

  • Raymond M. Malone (Ohio)
  • John J. McGowan, Jr. (Ohio)
  • Georgeann Peters (Ohio)


  • William Pence (Florida)

First Amendment Litigation (National practice)

  • Bruce W. Sanford (Washington, D.C.)


  • Robert Wolin (Texas)

Intellectual Property

  • Bruce O. Baumgartner (Ohio)
  • Kevin Kirsch (Ohio)

International Trade—Trade Remedies & Trade Policy (Global & Nationwide)

  • Elliot J. Feldman (Washington, D.C.)

Labor & Employment

  • Joyce Ackerbaum Cox (Florida)
  • John B. Lewis (Ohio)
  • Ronald G. Linville (Ohio)
  • Scott McIntyre (Ohio)
  • Gregory V. Mersol (Ohio)
  • Kevin W. Shaughnessy (Florida) 
  • Stephen C. Sutton (Ohio)
  • Martin T. Wymer (Ohio)

Leisure & Hospitality (National practice)

  • John Melicharek, Jr. (Florida)

Litigation: General Commercial

  • Robert M. Kincaid (Ohio)
  • John D. Parker (Ohio)
  • Randall L. Solomon (Ohio)
  • Daniel R. Warren (Ohio)
  • Tom Warren (Ohio)

Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations

  • John J. Carney (New York)

Natural Resources & Environment

  • Maureen A. Brennan (Ohio)
  • Daniel J. Gunsett (Ohio)
  • Ben L. Pfefferle (Ohio)

Real Estate: General 

  • Gary Alletag (Texas)
  • Amy Kellogg (Ohio)
  • Patrick J. Pauken (Ohio)
  • Harlan W. Robins (Ohio)
  • Lawrence V. Lindberg (Ohio)
  • Patricia J. O'Donnell (Ohio)
  • Michael J. Pappert (Texas)
  • David J. Strauss (Ohio)

Real Estate: Zoning/Land Use

  • Ted Brown (Florida)


  • Jeffrey Paravano (Washington, D.C.)

Click to view the firm's profile on the Chambers website.

About Baker Hostetler
Founded more than 90 years ago in 1916, Baker Hostetler is among the nation's 100 largest law firms with 600 attorneys coast to coast. The firm has offices in Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Costa Mesa, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, Orlando and Washington, D.C. Its five primary practice groups are Business, Employment, Intellectual Property, Litigation and Tax.
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